COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (July 18, 2012) – Three U.S. women’s beach volleyball teams opened main-draw play in Klagenfurt, Austria on Wednesday at the A1 Smart Grand Slam presented by Ergo. The event is part of the 2012 FIVB SWATCH World Tour.
On the men’s side, Phil Dalhausser (Ormond Beach, Calif.) with Todd Rogers (Santa Barbara, Calif.), Jake Gibb (Bountiful, Utah) with Sean Rosenthal (Redondo Beach, Calif.) and Matt Fuerbringer (Costa Mesa, Calif.) with Nick Lucena (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) are set to compete in Thursday’s main draw.
Lauren Fendrick (Carlsbad, Ind.) and Brooke Hanson (Ventura, Calif.), seeded No. 20 at Klagenfurt, opened pool play with a loss to the Netherlands’ 13th seeded Madelein Meppelink and Sophie van Gestel 21-15, 21-11 in 34 minutes. The duo then fell to the Swiss team of Simone Kuhn and Nadine Zumkehr (No. 4) 10-21, 21-18, 15-8 in 45 minutes.
Fendrick and Hanson will close pool play on Thursday against Italy’s 29th-seeded Giulia Momoli and Laura Giombini.
The first round of single elimination is also slated for Thursday.
Angie Akers (Fort Wayne, Ind.) and Brittany Hochevar (Fowler, Colo.), seeded No. 24, fell to the Austrian team of Doris Schwaiger and Stefanie Schwaiger (No. 9) 21-18, 21-14 in 33 minutes to open play on Wednesday.
In their second match, Akers and Hochevar fell to Austria’s eight-seed Louise Bawden and Becchara Palmer, 14-21, 21-17, 15-9 in 41 minutes. Akers and Hochevar will conclude pool play on Thursday against the No. 25-seeded Swiss team of Isabelle Forrer Anouk Verge-Depre.
FIVB World Tour newcomers Tara Roenicke (Alta Loma, Calif.) and Summer Ross (San Diego, Calif.) received the No. 30 seed at Klagenfurt. The tournament marks Roenicke’s first appearance on the FIVB World Tour. Ross made her tour debut last week in Berlin and snagged 17th place with partner Nicole Branagh (Orinda, Calif.).
Roenicke and Ross opened pool play with a loss to the Netherlands’ third-seeded Sanne Keizer and Marleen Van Iersel 21-15, 21-14 in 34 minutes. Next, they fell to the Greek team of Maria Tsiartsiani and Vasiliki Arvaniti (No. 14), 13-21, 23-21, 15-11 in 48 minutes.
Roenicke and Ross will conclude pool play on Thursday against the Czech Republic’s 19th-seeded Hana Klapalova and Lenka Hajeckova.
On the men’s side, all three teams had enough FIVB ranking points to earn automatic entry to Thursday’s main draw.
Gibb and Rosenthal are coming off a second-place finish in Berlin and a pair of first-place finishes in Rome and Gstaad. Their win in Rome clinched their spot on the 2012 U.S. Olympic team.
Gibb and Rosenthal, seeded No. 1, are slated to face the Estonian’s No. 32-seeded team of Kristo Kollo and Rivo Vesik in their first pool-play match. Next, they will face Germany’s 17th-seeded Sebastian Dollinger and Stefan Windscheif.
Gibb and Rosenthal will close pool on Friday against Latvia’s No. 16-seeded Martins Plavins and Janis Smedins.
The first round of single elimination is also slated for Friday.
Dalhausser and Rogers, who will be representing the U.S. at the 2012 Olympic Games, are coming off a ninth-place finish in Berlin.
Dalhausser and Rogers, seeded No. 2, are set to face Georgia’s 31st-seeded Renato Gomes and Jorge Terceiro in their first pool-play match on Thursday. Next, they will face the Netherlands’ Jon Stiekema and Christiaan Varenhorst (No. 18).
Dalhausser and Rogers will conclude pool play on Friday against the Polish team of Grzegorz Fijalek and Mariusz Prudel (No. 15).
Fuerbringer and Lucena, seeded No. 13, are coming off a 17th-place finish in Berlin.
The duo will open pool play on Friday against Norway’s Tarjei Skarlund and Martin Spinnangr (No. 20). Next, they will face the Norwegian team of Iver Andreas Horrem and Geir Eithun (No. 29).
Fuerbringer and Lucena will conclude pool play on Friday against Brazil’s fourth-seeded Benjamin Insfran and Bruno Oscar Schmidt.
For complete information about the FIVB SWATCH World Tour, visit their web site.